Frequently Asked Question

How do I restore back to factory settings, Windows 7?

Like everything else, computers don't last forever.  You can skip along happily for a good while and then things start to happen.  Things slow down, funky windows pop up,
uninstalls on some programs just don't work. Then there's the dreaded blue, white or black screens of death!

If you've tried running your antivirus and malware scans, defragging, back up to an earlier
time when everything was right with the world (just a few ideas), then maybe "scraping the ground" is your next option. Reformatting the computer is usually the last option but if nothing else worked..antivirus scan, malware scan, back up to a better  time when things were working among other things, then maybe 'scraping the ground is next.  Reformatting your computer  to factory settings on the good side makes sure that all the bad stuff is gone...a squeaky clean computer.  On the bad side, everything goes away..>EVERYTHING!  Your computer will
be like it was the day you bought it.

Hopefully, all along you have learned to back things up on a regular basis, but if not, now is the
time.

Back up, back up , back up...everything you want to keep. Those document files, pictures, emails, spreadsheets, Quickbooks, etc... anything you have been sent or created and want to save.  Back it up to a flash drive or an external hard drive.  Don't forget your email contact list!

Check to make sure you have all the CD's for the programs that you had previously installed.  Office, Photoshop...whatever didn't already come with the computer that you need to continue using.

WARNING!!!!   YOU WILL LOSE EVERYTHING THAT IS ON YOUR COMPUTER NOW ONCE YOU COMPLETE THESE NEXT STEPS!!

  • Click "Start" and  click on "Control Panel"
  • Choose "System &  Security"
  • Click "Backup & Restore
  • "Recover System Settings on your Computer"
  • Advanced Recovery Method
  • "Return your computer to factory condition"
  • Click "Skip" unless you want to back up your files
  • Click "Yes" to      restart computer and then let it do it's thing. Follow prompts from here forward.